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Chatswood Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field

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by Tim Falk (subscribe)
A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published August 14th 2013
Picnic on the banks of the Lane Cove River
If you're looking for a quiet picnic spot in the Chatswood area, add this little patch of green to your list. Located on the banks of the Lane Cove River, the Chatswood Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field is a park that's definitely worth exploring.

Chatswood Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field, Chatswood Park, Chatswood Picnic, Lane Cove River kayaking


The name is certainly a bit of a mouthful to get out, but there's plenty more to this park than just an athletics field. Perhaps the main attraction is the park's setting on the banks of the peaceful Lane Cove River, just a short way away from Lane Cove National Park.

The park looks out over a relaxing stretch of water, and a jetty and canoe launching facility were established back in 2005. It's the perfect spot to launch a kayak and go for a leisurely paddle.

Chatswood Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field, Chatswood Park, Chatswood Picnic, Lane Cove River kayaking


A boardwalk runs along the river's edge through the mangrove forest. There are rustic wooden benches and interpretive signs along the way if you feel like taking the time to explore your surrounds. A totem pole at the entrance to the boardwalk pays homage to the original inhabitants of the region and the importance of water in Aboriginal life.

Chatswood Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field, Chatswood Park, Chatswood Picnic, Lane Cove River kayaking


A little way up the slope you come to a grassy picnic area. There is a double plate BBQ, four picnic tables and a park bench in this well-shaded spot, with public toilets and a carpark nearby.

The athletic field itself is just that - a big patch of grass with running lines marked out. Happily, there's no shortage of space if you want to give your energetic kids a run-around.

Chatswood Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field, Chatswood Park, Chatswood Picnic, Lane Cove River kayaking


Walking tracks run along the river and into the adjacent bushland of Mowbray Park, so you can do plenty more exploring if you're feeling adventurous.

For more information about the Chatswood Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field, log on to the Willoughby City Council website.

Chatswood Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field, Chatswood Park, Chatswood Picnic, Lane Cove River kayaking
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Why? Picnic by the river
When: Anytime
Where: Mowbray Rd, Lane Cove North
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Can you swim there?
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2280 days ago
One of my favourite places to go on walks :)
by Cayrole (score: 1|54) 2273 days ago
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